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Solomon’s Porch

Solomon’s PorchJohn 10:23 Excerpt The four sides of the temple platform (the hierónor “mountain of the house”) were surrounded by colonnaded stoas, of which the eastern was known as “Solomon’s” and the southern as “Royal” (Ant. xv.11.5 [411]; xx.9.7 [220f]). Josephus apparently believed that the east portico remained from Solomon’s temple, but this is contradicted not only by the structure itself but also by Josephus’s own testimony concerning the Herodian expansion of the temple platform. It would seem, from the several Scripture references, that Jesus and later His disciples made the east portico their place of worship and teaching (cf. Acts 5:12f). More Lasor, W. S. “Jerusalem.” Ed. Geoffrey W Bromiley. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised 1979–1988: 1028. Print.

Son of God

Son of GodExcerpt John’s testimony was that this is the Son of God. The prophesied Davidic King was God’s Son (2 Sam. 7:13), and the messianic King is uniquely the Son of God (Ps. 2:7). The title “Son of God” goes beyond the idea of obedience and messianic King to that of Jesus’ essential nature. In the Fourth Gospel, this title is not applied to believers. They are called “children” (tekna; e.g., John 1:12) while “Son” (hyios) is used only of Jesus. More Blum, Edwin A. “John.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 275. Print.

Damascus

DamascusActs 9:23810 Excerpt Damascus, one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites is known to archaeologists, figured long and often in biblical awareness. It was a reference place for Abraham’s rescue of his kinsmen (Gen. 14:15). David brought it within Israelite control (2 Sam. 8:5-6), but during Solomon’s reign, the first of a series of Aramaean kings made Damascus his capital city, continuing to intervene in the life of Israel and Judah until the Assyrian conquest in 732 b.c. In this series of local dynastic politics, biblical traces occur of the founder Rezon (1 Kings 11:23-25); Tabrimmon, ally of the Judean Abijam against Israel (1 Kings 15:19); his father Hezion (same verse); his son Ben-hadad (I, 900-875 b.c.), who was allied with Baasha of Israel, but later with Asa of Judah (1 Kings 15:18-19); Ben-hadad II (1 Kings 20) and his son Hadadezer who fought Ahab of Israel; and Ben-hadad III who was killed by Hazael (843-797 b.c.; 2 Kings 8:7-15) who then succeeded him. The…

Biblical Theology

Biblical TheologyExcerpt ‎Biblical theology is theology drawn from the Bible rather than theology imposed onto the Bible. Biblical theology helps Christians understand the broad biblical message, discern developments in the canon, and see how each particular text fits in with the larger story of Scripture. In studying biblical theology, interpreters try to determine what the authors of the Bible thought or believed in their own historical contexts and on their own distinctive terms. ‎Historical research plays a significant role in biblical theology. Interpreters focus on understanding what the biblical texts meant for the original author and readers, rather than on the development of doctrine over time (historical theology). Before Christians can apply Scripture accurately to the present or systematize it around various topics, they must first interpret it correctly in its historical context and with its original intended meaning. Biblical theology lays a foundation upon which systemati…

Barry, John D., and Rebecca Kruyswijk. Connect the Testaments

January 16: Save Us! Genesis 27, Matthew 20:17–21:22, Ecclesiastes 6:5–12 “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Matt 21:9). Idiomatically, this means: “Save [me], I pray, the Son of David. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of Yahweh! Save [me], I pray, by the highest!” When the people shout these words about Jesus as He enters Jerusalem, they affirm His divinely appointed role and His ability to save them. And the original psalm that this phrase comes from is about their God, Yahweh. Perhaps the people understood Jesus as one with God (Psa 118:25–26). As He enters Jerusalem, Jesus’ actions align with Zech 9:9, which foretells of a savior-king who will enter on a donkey (Matt 21:5). For first-century Jews, everything lined up to affirm Jesus as God’s way of bringing salvation, and they responded to Him as such. This prompts several questions: how often do we see the alignment between what’s happening and G…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, January 16                   Go To Evening Reading
“I will help thee, saith the Lord.” —Isaiah 41:14
This morning let us hear the Lord Jesus speak to each one of us: “I will help thee.” “It is but a small thing for me, thy God, to help thee. Consider what I have done already. What! not help thee? Why I bought thee with my blood. What! not help thee? I have died for thee; and if I have done the greater, will I not do the less? Help thee! It is the least thing I will ever do for thee; I have done more and will do more. Before the world began I chose thee. I made the covenant for thee. I laid aside my glory and became a man for thee; I gave up my life for thee; and if I did all this, I will surely help thee now. In helping thee, I am giving thee what I have bought for thee already. If thou hadst need of a thousand times as much help, I would give it thee; thou requirest little compared with what I am ready to give. ’Tis much for thee to need, but it is nothing for me to bestow. ‘He…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

January 16th The voice of the nature of God I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send? Isaiah 6:8. When we speak of the call of God, we are apt to forget the most important feature, viz., the nature of the One Who calls. There is the call of the sea, the call of the mountains, the call of the great ice barriers; but these calls are only heard by the few. The call is the expression of nature from which it comes, and we can only record the call if the same nature is in us. The call of God is the expression of God’s nature, not of our nature. There are strands of the call of God providentially at work for us which we recognize and no one else does. It is the threading of God’s voice to us in some particular matter, and it is no use consulting anyone else about it. We have to keep that profound relationship between our souls and God. The call of God is not the echo of my nature; my affinities and personal temperament are not considered. As long as I consider my personal temperam…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

January 16 And Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights Exod. 24:18 The life of fellowship with God cannot be built up in a day. It begins with the habitual reference of all to Him, hour by hour, as Moses did in Egypt. But it moves on to more and longer periods of communion; and it finds its consummation and bliss in days and nights of intercession and waiting and holy intercourse. F. B. Meyer

 Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.